STORY UPDATE: Liberal councillors confirm Camden GM's sacking

Three of Camden's Liberal councillors: Lara Symkowiak, Debby Dewbery and Theresa Fedeli
Three of Camden's Liberal councillors: Lara Symkowiak, Debby Dewbery and Theresa Fedeli

Camden Council general manager Greg Wright has been given his final marching orders.

Mr Wright was sacked last Tuesday, November 27 in a closed meeting without an explanation after Camden’s five Liberal councillors voted to terminate his contract immediately.

Last night Camden’s four Independent councillors made a last ditch attempt to save Mr Wright’s job at an extraordinary meeting but failed, losing the vote 5-4 for a second time.

About 50 people in the public gallery yelled: ‘‘shame, shame, shame’’ when the decision was handed down.

The only Liberal councillor to contribute to the debate was mayor Lara Symkowiak.

The four other Liberal councillors were silent during the entire meeting while Cr Symkowiak was forced to call order to the meeting on several occasions.

Independents Greg Warren and David Bligh called for the mayor to table the costs associated with Mr Wright’s departure.

Camden Council governance director Steve Kludass said the figures would never be reported in a ‘‘lump sum’’.

Cr Eva Campbell said: ‘‘You’ll never find the amount in the budget and if you could they would never be accurate, the ramifications are on-going.

‘‘The cost to the community will be about $195,000, they don’t include any on-going costs.”

To read the full story and for more coverage of the sacking of the GM see the Camden-Narellan Advertiser next week.

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